October 12, 2010

Giants Defeat Braves, Send Cox into Retirement: The San Francisco Giants defeated the Atlanta Braves 3-2 Monday night, advancing 3-1 to the National League Championship Series to play the Philadelphia Phillies. Braves manager Bobby Cox bid a tearful goodbye after his final game. His lifetime record as manager is 355-292 with one World Series title and four National League crowns.

posted by rcade to baseball at 10:16 AM - 7 comments

I had more fun watching this Braves team than possibly any other since I've lived in Atlanta. Ultimately, the losses of Jones, Prado, and Wagner were just too much to overcome. As for Bobby, what else can be said.... until he hears welcome to Cooperstown.

posted by trox at 10:39 AM on October 12, 2010

Also 14 division wins in 15 seasons (which while damned impressive, makes their 1 World Series title look a bit underwhelming).

posted by kokaku at 10:41 AM on October 12, 2010

A tip of the cap from this Blue Jays fan, as he led them to their first ever American League East division title in 1985. I didn't like him when he then bolted for Atlanta, I can definitely respect the work he did there to manage one of the greatest baseball dynasties in league history.

posted by grum@work at 12:38 PM on October 12, 2010

I can still remember scrambling to find a TV screen wherever possible while traveling in Sept. 1991 when the Braves were putting together that out-of- nowhere first run to glory. There was magic in that all the way through, win or lose. The fans didn't really see it coming but got caught up in it, and the enthusiasm level was electric.

posted by beaverboard at 02:01 PM on October 12, 2010

Small correction - Cox's lifetime record is 2504-2001. 355-292 is his record as Toronto manager.

Nice job by Braves fans & Giants players in acknowledging Cox after the game.

posted by MrNix67 at 03:01 PM on October 12, 2010

The Braves are announcing Fredi Gonzalez as Cox's replacement right now.

posted by trox at 02:23 PM on October 13, 2010

Great regular-season manager, bad postseason manager. Following the Braves in the '90s--arguably the best pitching rotation in the history of baseball--is how I learned about what happens when you leave pitchers in too long.

posted by kirkaracha at 01:35 AM on October 14, 2010

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